Having a baby may be the best thing you ever do in your life but for expectant parents, it can be a time when some people struggle to cope emotionally and financially. Make sure you get the help you need.

Antenatal classes

Antenatal classes across Salford are open to mums and dads. This is a useful way to get information about pregnancy and what to expect before, during and after the birth. Topics discussed include pregnancy health, baby care, breastfeeding, diet, and labour.

Thinking about money

If you are working you can book your maternity and paternity leave from about 25 weeks into pregnancy. You have certain legal rights with your employer if you are pregnant, such as time off for check ups.

When you are pregnant, you are entitled to free prescriptions and NHS dental care.

If you are on a low income, check your benefits, entitlements and childcare. If you’re on a low income and having your first baby, claim the Sure Start Maternity Grant from Jobcentre Plus.

New mums on benefits can get vouchers for free vitamins, fruit, vegetables, and milk through the Healthy Start scheme from week 10 of pregnancy. Ask your health visitor if you qualify.

Under 18?

Your midwife will refer you to Salford’s Teenage Pregnancy Team. You’ll be visited at home to see if all of your health, housing, education, family or relationship needs are being met. You can receive support until you reach your 20th birthday. 

Quit smoking

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy then now is the time to ditch the cigs. Smoking reduces male and female fertility and leads to a higher risk of problems such as miscarriage and premature birth. There is also a link to cot death.

Salford has a specialist smoking in pregnancy service to help you give up. Call them on 0161 206 4542. 

Registering births

You need to register the birth within 42 days. If your baby was born in Salford – or if you are a Salford resident and your baby was born in a Bolton or Manchester hospital – you should do this at the registry office at the Town Hall in Swinton. Make an appointment by calling 0161 909 6501.

Fostering and adoption

There is a real need for more foster carers and adoptive parents in Salford. If you would like to find out if either is right for you, contact the Salford Family Placement Team on 0161 799 1268.